Welcome to the 454th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news highlights and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is
your first issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me
two or three issues, I know that you will come back for more!
The government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and
search emails stored by email service providers, according to a landmark
ruling Monday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court found that
email users have the same reasonable expectation of privacy in their stored
email as they do in their telephone calls -- the first circuit court ever
to make that finding.
Over the last 20 years, the government has routinely used the federal Stored
Communications Act (SCA) to secretly obtain stored email from email service
providers without a warrant. But today's ruling -- closely following the
reasoning in an amicus brief filed the by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) and other civil liberties groups -- found that the SCA violates the
If Jonathan Ive were dead, which he's not, he'd be spinning in his grave.
Instead, Apple's chief designer is probably vomiting in his wastebasket.
In an effort by the staid, slumping computer maker to break its bland streak,
Dell rolled out new laptops Tuesday cloaked in eight different colors, including "sunshine
yellow" and "flamingo pink."
But while Dell may or may not impress design snobs with its pink and yellow
machines, the computer maker is reading its market right, if a little late.
Half of Britons could not exist without e-mail - with 30 or 40-somethings
more addicted than teens, a survey finds.
Fifty per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds told ICM researchers they would not
be able to carry on without e-mail.
Forty one per cent of teenagers said they relied on e-mail, while 44% of
35 to 44-year-olds said e-mail was vital.
The Best of the Digital Photography Tip of the Week
Another one of Chris' compositional tips was regarding curves
and diagonals. Chris explained that, "photographs are static images.
To add life to them, we need to make use of compositional elements." He
said that "diagonals are used to lead your eye into the photo or out
of it" and that curves "provide a path for the viewer to follow
allowing them to travel through the image, rather than simply looking at
it." He provided some wonderful examples, and you can definitely see
His tip obviously
has a lot more detail, and a few more example photos.
We see their pictures in glossy magazines. We watch their movies, games,
or TV shows. We obsess over their relationships. But in this modern age,
there's an even better way to learn about your favorite celebs: Just read
their blogs or visit their Web sites.
We spent the last week looking at celebrity Web sites (as did roughly
half of the cubicle workers in America) and came up with 15 that are worth
following. Some, like JeffBridges.com, are obviously the product of the
celeb's own imagination; others, like DaughtryOfficial.com, are slickly
designed and have loads of great content. And some, like PatSajak.com,
are just surprising (who knew Pat Sajak was a good writer?).
From the beauty and majesty of their sheer size to the heart-wrenching
memories of ill-fated ships, nothing evokes such a combination of awe, curiosity
and caution quite like an iceberg. So if you're looking for icebergs, you've
come to the right place.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the greatest iceberg theatre in the world.
From the east coast of Labrador to Newfoundland's southern shore, you
are in Iceberg Alley, the only place in the world where you can see two
or three story icebergs making their way down the Atlantic Ocean from
IcebergFinder.com is a cool
site that lets you locate icebergs in Eastern Canada, and has a gallery with
some beautiful pictures.
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
the tips in this newsletter.
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